Tampa Guardianship Attorneys
Guardianship of a child means that a caregiver is responsible for the child’s care and custody. Guardianship is often confused with adoption, but there are legal differences. The guardian does not become the parent in the eyes of the law. In fact, guardianship does not sever the biological parents’ rights or responsibilities. Parents can go back to court and ask for the guardianship to be ended.
If you have questions about a guardianship in Florida, Caveda Law Firm, P.A., has answers. We have been helping residents of Tampa, Tampa Bay, and Hillsborough County for more than 15 years.
Contact us today by calling (813) 336-5690 or by filling out our online form.
Responsibilities of a Guardian
Legal guardianship is a decision made by a judge that a person other than a child’s parents will get custody. The guardian has the right to raise the child without his or her parents getting involved. Guardians can be any person over the age of 18 and are typically relatives or family friends of the child.
One of the most common arrangements is for a grandparent to seek guardianship of a grandchild. It is the best way for a grandparent to take legal responsibility for the child. The issue of legal responsibility often becomes imperative when enrolling the child in school or seeking healthcare. The designation as a guardian allows a grandparent to access services on behalf of the child that might prove impossible without such a designation.
A guardianship is established by filing guardianship papers in court. An investigator then interviews the person seeking to be named as a guardian, the child, and his or her parents, if they can be located. The investigator makes a recommendation to a judge who reviews the case and decides whether to make the appointment, which must be in the best interests of the child.
People contemplating a guardianship should consider whether they want the ongoing responsibilities of a legal guardianship, including potential liability for the child’s actions, managing the child’s finances, and their ability to raise a child.
Guardianships can also be obtained over an adult who has been declared incompetent. Additionally, guardians for children can be named in a will or in a Standby Guardianship so that the children are taken care of in the event their parents pass away before they reach the age of majority.
We Can Help!
If you have been named a guardian or wish to establish a legal guardianship, the family law attorney of the Caveda Law Firm, P.A., can help you. Based in Tampa, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of legal guardians and assisting them in all aspects of their duties in Hillsborough County.
Contact us today by phone at (813) 336-5690 or by filling out our online form.